Very Best of Jussi Björling

The Very Best of Jussi Björling

by Jussi Björling
     
 
Jussi Björling was one of the finest tenors of the twentieth century. He was not always the most consistent artist, but his galvanizing voice is still among the most remarkable on record 40 years after his death. Those wanting an introduction to Björling's singing, or fans wanting a good collection, should be very happy with EMI's The Very Best of Jussi Björling

Overview

Jussi Björling was one of the finest tenors of the twentieth century. He was not always the most consistent artist, but his galvanizing voice is still among the most remarkable on record 40 years after his death. Those wanting an introduction to Björling's singing, or fans wanting a good collection, should be very happy with EMI's The Very Best of Jussi Björling. Not every performance is a hit, but many of them do represent the best he had to offer, and in every case, the unique beauty of his voice is on full display. Most of the recordings are from the 1930s and 1940s, and some of them sound their age, but the sound quality is mostly excellent. Björling sang Italian opera better than anyone in his day, tackling the challenges of Verdi and the verismo composers as if the style and language were native to him. Furthermore, unlike most Italianate tenors of that (or any) time, he sang equally convincingly in French, German, his native Swedish, and even English (the least successful). Hearing him traverse those different languages and styles on this album sheds light on his special vocal qualities: he combined the purity and lyricism that suited him for Massenet's "En fermant les yeux" ("Manon") and even intimate songs like Strauss' "Morgen," with the raw power and dramatic qualities that allowed for "Di quella pira" from Verdi's "Il Trovatore" and Leoncavallo's "Vesti la giubba." His soft singing was as exciting as his full-on trumpeting. Tracks of special interest include Beethoven's song "Adelaide" which, though stylistically old-fashioned, showcases his musical sensitivity and ability to scale his voice to the task at hand, and Donizetti's "Una furtive lagrima" (L'elisir d'amore), which shows the extent to which he could beat the Italians at their own game.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/22/2003
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0724357590020
catalogNumber:
75900
Rank:
125317

Tracks

  1. Rigoletto, opera: Act 1. Questa o quella  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius
  2. Rigoletto, opera: Act 3. La donna è mobile  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius
  3. Il Trovatore, opera: Act 3. Ah sì, ben mio  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius
  4. Il Trovatore, opera: Act 3. Di quella pira  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius
  5. Un ballo in maschera, opera: Act 1. Di' tu se fedele  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius
  6. Aida, opera: Act 1. Se quel guerrier io fossi!...Celeste Aida  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius
  7. Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): Ingemisco  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius
  8. Stabat mater for 2 sopranos, tenor, bass, chorus & orchestra: Cujus animam  - Gioachino Rossini  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius
  9. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 3. Una furtiva lagrima  - Gaetano Donizetti  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius  -  Royal Orchestra
  10. La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts: Act 2. Cielo e mar  - Amilcare Ponchielli  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius
  11. Andrea Chénier, opera: Act 4. Come un bel di di maggio  - Umberto Giordano  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius
  12. Fedora, opera: Act 2. Amor ti vieta  - Umberto Giordano  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius
  13. L'Arlesiana, opera: Act 2. È la solita storia  - Francesco Cilèa  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius  -  Stockholm Concert Association Orchestra
  14. Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 1. Donna non vidi mai  - Giacomo Puccini  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius  -  Royal Orchestra
  15. La bohème, opera: Act 1. Che gelida manina  - Giacomo Puccini  - Thomas Beecham  - Jussi Björling  - Robert Merrill  -  RCA Victor Orchestra
  16. La bohème, opera: Act 4. In un coupé?...O Mimì, tu più non torni  - Giacomo Puccini  - Thomas Beecham  - Jussi Björling  - Robert Merrill  -  RCA Victor Orchestra
  17. Tosca, opera: Act 1. Recondita armonia  - Giacomo Puccini  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius  -  Swedish Radio Orchestra
  18. Tosca, opera: Act 3. E lucevan le stelle  - Giacomo Puccini  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius  -  Swedish Radio Orchestra
  19. Turandot, opera: Act 3. Nessun dorma  - Giacomo Puccini  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius
  20. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Mamma! quel vino è generoso  - Pietro Mascagni  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius
  21. Pagliacci, opera: Act 1. Recitar!...Vesti la giubba  - Ruggero Leoncavallo  - Jussi Björling  - Renato Cellini  - Paul Franke  - Victoria de Los Angeles  - Robert Merrill  -  RCA Victor Orchestra  -  Robert Shaw Chorale  - Leonard Warren
  22. Pagliacci, opera: Act 2. No, Pagliaccio non son  - Ruggero Leoncavallo  - Jussi Björling  - Renato Cellini  - Paul Franke  - Victoria de Los Angeles  - Robert Merrill  -  RCA Victor Orchestra  -  Robert Shaw Chorale  - Leonard Warren
  23. L' Africaine, grand opera in 5 acts: Act 4. Mi batte il cor...O paradiso  - Giacomo Meyerbeer  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius
  24. Faust, opera: Act 3. Salut! demeure chaste et pure  - Charles Gounod  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius
  25. Roméo et Juliette, opera: Act 1. Ange adorable  - Charles Gounod  - Anna-Lisa Björling  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius  -  Stockholm Concert Association Orchestra
  26. Roméo et Juliette, opera: Act 2. Ah! lève-toi, soleil  - Charles Gounod  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius  -  Royal Orchestra
  27. Manon, comic opera in 5 acts: Act 2. Instant charmant...En ferment les yeux  - Jules Massenet  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius
  28. Manon, comic opera in 5 acts: Act 3. Je suis seul!...Ah, fuyez, douce image  - Jules Massenet  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius  -  Royal Orchestra
  29. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Act 2. La fleur que tu m'avais jetée  - Georges Bizet  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius
  30. Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Act 1. Je crois entendre encore  - Georges Bizet  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius  -  Royal Orchestra
  31. Adelaide, song for voice & piano, Op. 46  - Ludwig van Beethoven  - Jussi Björling  - Harry Ebert
  32. Morgen ("Und morgen wird die Sonne wieder scheinen"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 27/4 (TrV 170/4)  - Richard Strauss  - Lorenz Hart  - Jussi Björling  - Harry Ebert
  33. Cäcilie ("Wenn du es wüsstest"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 27/2 (TrV 170/2)  - Richard Strauss  - Jussi Björling  - Harry Ebert  -  Mackay
  34. In the silence of the secret night, song for voice & piano, Op. 4/3  - Sergey Rachmaninov  -  Harris  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius  -  Stockholm Concert Association Orchestra
  35. Lilacs, song for voice & piano, Op. 21/5  - Sergey Rachmaninov  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius  -  Stockholm Concert Association Orchestra
  36. Ideale for voice & piano (or orchestra)  - Paolo Tosti  - Jussi Björling  - C. Errico  - Nils Grevillius
  37. O sole mio, for voice & piano (or orchestra)  - Eduardo di Capua  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius
  38. Mattinata, song for voice & piano (or orchestra)  - Ruggero Leoncavallo  - Ruggero Leoncavallo  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius
  39. Parce que (Because), for voice & piano (or orchestra)  - Guy d'Hardelot  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius  - Edward Teschemacher
  40. The Vagabond King, operetta: Only a Rose  - Rudolf Friml  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius
  41. For You Alone for voice & piano (or orchestra)  - Henry Geehl  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius  -  O'Reilly
  42. La belle Hélène, operetta in 3 acts: Act 1. Uti en skog på berget Ida (Au mont Ida troi  - Jacques Offenbach  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius
  43. Der Bettelstudent, operetta: Act 3. Nu är jag pank och fågelfri (Ich hab' kein  - Carl Millöcker  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius
  44. Cantique de Noel for voice & orchestra, "O Holy Night"  -  Adolphe Adam  - Jussi Björling  - Nils Grevillius  -  Royal Orchestra

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